In order to get ready to accommodate your adoption blessing, some changes will undoubtedly need to be made in your home. Since babies do not come with an instruction book or blue prints for how your home should be set up, we’re sharing six tips with you today on how to get your home ready.
All babies, whether they are newborns or several months old, will need some living space and room for storing all of their supplies. So, how do you organize your home to make room for your new baby? Following our six basic tips will help you to build fresh and clutter-free surroundings for your baby and you:
1. Clear off your floors. You’ll need your floors clean and free of junk so that you and your baby can safely have tummy time or play on the floor. Organize any small items such as loose change, keys, jewelry, sewing items, or hardware that would be unsafe if they got in the hands of a baby.
Since babies learn with their hands and mouths, they will be grabbing anything within reach. Organizing your small items in divided boxes or plastic baskets up out of baby’s reach is a great way to keep the floors clear.
2. Organize your linens. Before baby arrives, it’s a good idea to sort out everything from towels to pillowcases; arrange them neatly and in a place where they’ll be accessible to you but not little hands. Once you bring your baby home, lots of baths and sheet changes will keep you busy. So, you will want to make sure ahead of time that your linens are set up for easy and quick access.
3. Sort your books, magazines, and newspapers into specific spots. Set up a library, bookshelf, or nook to store your books, baby’s books, and other reading material. That way, they’re protected, neat, and out of the way of little hands that may tear pages or chew on them.
Also, make it a goal not to keep every magazine or newspaper that you get. Loads of magazines and newspapers create a mess, so you just cut out the articles that you would like to keep and recycle the rest. Consider donating magazines to a local woman’s shelter, hospital, or library. Places you could donate your newspapers to include animal shelters and thrift stores. (They also will take any extra plastic and paper bags you might have.)
4. Create a section in your pantry just for baby. You’ll need space for baby formula, baby cereal, and baby food, so don't misjudge how much space that they’ll take up. Typically, baby formula comes in large tubs or quart size cans and bottles. So, plan out your space to see how much you could store. Also, make sure that you rotate your baby’s food, placing newly purchased items at the back. That way, you can be sure that your baby's food is the freshest it can be.
5. Stock up on boxes for toys. Since children play anywhere in the home, get at least two toy boxes; they could even be just baskets, or small plastic Rubbermaid boxes. These will allow you to keep toys organized in a few spots around your home. It’s a good idea to rotate toys around: kids think they are new and are excited to see “new” toys.
6. Put clothes away in their appropriate spots. You’ll have a lot of baby items to be laundered and stored: onesies, socks, little hats, blankets...the list could go on and on. In order to keep your home neat, don’t procrastinate in putting clothes and laundry in their appropriate place. It’s a big help in keeping your home free of clutter if you keep up with your laundry and always put things away. A smart idea is to hang similar items together in the closet.
By using these tips, you can get your home ready for your baby and keep it clutter free. In that way, you’ll be able to focus your attention on your adoption blessing!
It’s fine to ask others such as a friend, spouse, or relative for help if organizing is not your strong suit. We wish you the best in preparing for your new little one!